I continue to chug away with my Black Powder project. The pile of Austrians is large, but I am excited to report that a second battalion is now closing in on completion. They have been based, and I'm just waiting for paint to settle before doing the final dry-brushing and groundwork and then finally adding the banners. Here are a couple of interim progress shots.
This unit is another monster - 38 foot figures and 1 mounted officer. The figures are all from the Foundry range. I find the Foundry castings to be much leaner (especially on the legs) and way less varied than the Sash & Sabre castings from my first unit. But the Foundry castings are very sharp, with excellent detail. It's still an excellent range.
I am also trying to get some officers ready. Curt's magnificent wedding gift has given my Austrian lads an overall command, but nearly all of the game systems require that brigade and/or division commanders of some kind be represented as well. So I have finished painting a general and a flunky, and will try and base them together on a command stand this weekend.
I found the generals pretty tricky to paint, as I was uncertain on the colours and details that show on a 25mm figure which I would never concern myself with on the 15mm or 6mm figures. Still, with enough gold-ish stuff on their saddles, cuffs and sashes, they look like they should be in charge of something. That seems about right for a brigade-level command to me.
Another thing I have found is that I am also really struggling with the horses - I find painting them in 15mm and 6mm to be a breeze, but the furniture etc. is stumping me at the 25mm level. Fortunately there have been very few mounted models so far. I am going to try and get some artwork to inspire me once I get to the cavalry.
No cavalry for now though - still going to work through the infantry. The Grenzer unit is up next - a beefy grouping of 40 models. Stay tuned for more progress. Long weekends are often a good time to paint, so I'm hoping I can get some good progress on the Grenzers through to Labour Day.